Course Title: English, Grade 9
Course Code: ENG 1D
Course Type: Academic
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529
The course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
- Listening to Understand: listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes;
- Speaking to Communicate: use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they founds most helpful in oral communication situations
Reading and Literature Studies
- Reading for Meaning: read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, informational, and graphic texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
- Understanding Form and Style: recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
- Reading With Fluency: use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.
- Developing and Organizing Content: generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;
- Using Knowledge of Form and Style: draft and revise their writing, using a variety of literary, informational, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience;
- Applying Knowledge of Conventions: use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process.
- Understanding Media Texts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts;
- Understanding Media Forms, Conventions, and Techniques: identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning;
- Creating Media Texts: create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques;
- Reflecting on Skills and Strategies: reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.
|Unit 1: Short Narrative Forms and Voices|
The short story unit serves as the introduction to the course, offering you a knowledge and understanding of the elements of narrative. Concepts covered include: plot, and cause and effect narrative; narrative point-of-view; character; setting and symbol; conflict; and theme.You will read and analyse short fiction, engage in thinking and inquiry about the stories, and communicate your thoughts on the tales. Through textual and graphical means, and by adapting the stories into different forms (e.g. changing “first person narrative” to “third person narrative”), construction of narrative will be explored and decoded. Opportunities for whole class, small group, and individual learning are provided, so that by the end of the unit, you will be prepared to communicate your knowledge and apply it to create written and media works.
|Unit 2: Long Narrative Forms and Voices|
You will explore how the short story concepts of setting, conflict, character, plot and theme learned in the first unit are developed in the novel. You will also investigate various websites for research purposes and learn to assess reliable research sites. You will read critically to make inferences and find textual proof to support your opinions. Next you will use your research material in paragraph and essay writing assignments. Opportunities are provided for whole class and pair/share discussion. Finally you will practise the writing process using various graphic organizers and have the opportunity to peer and self-edit written work.
|Unit 3: Poetry|
This unit involves the study of a variety of forms of poetry, as well as their historical origins. You will examine the technical components of poetry, including structure, form, poetic devices, and ‘poetic voice’. You will also study the art of storytelling through ancient ballads, found poetry, modern free verse, and the sonnet. You will have the opportunity to study and practice creating each type. Next you will publish your work and share it with your teacher and peers for diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment. Exemplars are provided for each activity with step-by-step instructions. You will also create visual media to accompany your work. The visual component is designed to both assist you in the writing process, and to give deeper meaning to your textual work. You will also reflect on the writing process through journal entries.
|Unit 4: Drama|
You will learn about demographics, the This unit involves a study of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. You will research William Shakespeare: The Man and His times to discover how an author is influenced by the world in which he/she lives. The structure of the play, as well as the language, will be examined. You will become familiar with the various styles of writing Shakespeare incorporated into this play, including the soliloquy and the sonnet. Elements of Romeo and Juliet, including the characters, theme, and plot, will be studied to see how they are interwoven and how they impact each other. In the culminating activity, you will write a news report based on an event from the play. Opportunities for whole class, small group, and individual learning are provided, as well as many opportunities to engage in various writing activities.
|Unit 5: Informational Forms|
In this unit you will gain familiarity with the form of Informational Text. Through the close study of popular news and free email websites, you will discover patterns in the packaging of information. You will also become familiar with editorials, editorial cartoons, and news reports as forms of informational text. You will examine the role that the audience, purpose, proposition, tone, and evidence plays in the development of an editorial.
|Unit 6: Culminating Activity |
ou will study, analyse, and practise formatting a news media project. You will investigate and analyse print and televised news forms, and report your findings. You will also brainstorm a list of news headlines which can be adapted to both newspaper and televised newscast. Next you will share these headlines in a whole class discussion. Having completed your research, you will be equipped to select your news format and text for the culminating activity. Finally, you will use your knowledge and skills to create a media project (newspaper or newscast) which synthesizes your knowledge of one of the major course works with your understanding of the role of the media in your life.
|Total Hours||110 hours|